Nestled high in the Cuyamaca Mountains among oak and pine forests at an altitude of just over 4,200 feet lies the historic gold mining town of Julian. A mere 35-minute scenic drive from our winery and tasting room, the small mountain community is absolutely worth the trip.
Its image as an early California frontier town with pioneer store fronts, historic sites and guided tours of Eagle and High Peak Mines accounts for much of its modern appeal. Julian is also unique among Southern California communities for its cold winter climate, perfect for growing apples. This is Julian’s main claim to fame (besides it’s gold mining heritage of course). All of Julian’s apples are sold locally as apple cider, apples pies and whole fruit. During the month of October alone, over 10,000 apple pies are baked each week in Julian for visitors. Southern California tourists flock to Julian for the cool mountain breezes, fresh air, frontier atmosphere, fall colors, and for its famous Apple Festival.
Put Julian on your “must do” list. Stop by Country Cellars in Wynola on the way into town and sample some San Diego County wines (including Hawk Watch of course!) and microbrews. Julian also has several wine tasting rooms of it’s own including Orfila, Menghini, J. Jenkins, Blue Door and Witch Creek.